Inkosi Zondi’s family: law must take its course

2009-01-29 00:00

“IF we did not believe in the rule of law, we were going to hunt you down like the dogs you are.”

This was the message from the family of inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi to his killers yesterday.

The message was delivered by his brother, Sandile, during the memorial service for the slain inkosi yesterday.

Addressing more than 2 000 mourners at Greytown’s King Edward Park, Zondi said the family hopes the law will take its course. He appealed to the clan to stop speculating about the next successor, saying the issue will be discussed after the funeral.

“His death will not be in vain. We will pick up from where he left off and continue with the work that inkosi had started,” he said, referring to development that his brother had championed in the area.

The ceremony was attended by leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners, including ANC deputy provincial chairman Willies Mchunu, Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho and, Lucky Moloi, provincial leader of the South African National Civic Organisation.

Delivering the keynote address, Mchunu said the ANC felt it appropriate to honour Zondi. “You have seen him with us. He has been with us every time we went to court during [Jacob Zuma’s] appearances. How can we then disown him now>”

Mchunu said the ANC president was saddened by Zondi’s killing. “Msholozi is hurting and when Zuma is hurting, the entire membership of the ANC is hurt,” he told the mourners.

Although the memorial service turned into a mini-ANC rally, with mourners singing party songs, Inkatha Freedom Party leaders also came to pay tribute. uMvoti mayor Petros Ngubane, Umzinyathi district Mayor Mbangiseni Yengwa and IFP MPL Wiseman Mcoyi showered praise upon Zondi, saying he had embraced everyone regardless of their political affiliation.

Philani Mavundla, the chairman of the ANC’s Inkosi Bhambatha region, asked for the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigations. “We ask that the perpetrators are brought to book immediately and that they stand trial and are sentenced immediately like it happened with the killers of [David] Rattray,” he said.

The MEC for Local Government, Housing and Traditional Affairs, Mike Mabuyakhulu, appealed for calm, saying the public should let the police conclude their investigations and not speculate about the motive for Zondi’s assassination.

“Let us not become too emotional. Let us allow the facts to dictate who the perpetrators are and we will then deal with them without fear or favour.”

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